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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Nostell Priory!

April 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s this weekend!  Make the most of the (slightly) warmer weather and come and visit us at the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition, this weekend at the newly refurbished and absolutely stunning Nostell Priory near Wakefield, West Yorkshire.  You know, another exciting event out there in the big (and, as it turns out, really rather beautiful) real World!

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Step away from your computers peeps, and come and explore and experience the wedding industry talent right on your own doorstep.  It’s all good!  

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Nostell Priory by Peter Boyd Photography

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If you’ve been to one of our events already this year, you will know that each beautiful venue is bursting at the seams with wedding pretty and the best regional suppliers, waiting to make your big day super special.  Add in open house venue tours, some super on the day discounts and a FREE VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag bursting with treats and mags, and you have a really rather lovely and unmissable day out that’s all about inspiring your own celebration.

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If you haven’t been to one of our events this year – and why on earth not?! – this is where the fun begins!  If you are still searching for that to-die-for venue, all the better…

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Visit West Yorkshire’s most gorgeous luxury wedding exhibition in association with prestigious Dine Events & Channel 4′s "Top Blog For Northern Brides" Brides Up North.

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Nostell Priory

Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield

Sunday 7th April 2013

12pm till 4pm – FREE ENTRY ALL GUESTS

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This is your invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at West Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venue: Nostell Priory.  A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  Only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine Events! 

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40 Top Exhibitors/ Stunning Wedding Venue/ Civil Ceremonies/ Meet The Dine Team/ Venue Tours/ Live Music/ Bridal Fashion/ All The Details/ On The Day Discounts!

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Pop by and say hello to the Brides Up North and Dine teams and our amazing line up of suppliers, including: BlossEm, Curvy Bridal, Angels Carrying Savage Weapons, Jess Petrie Photography, Deans Fine Jewellery , Flowers By Anderson, Iain Henderson Designs , John Gardener Photography , Peter Boyd Photography, Smooch Rings, The Little Bridal Company, Joel Skingle Photography, The Wedding Guide, Top Tier Cakes, Unforgettable Memories, Vintage 78 DJs, VW Wedding Campervan Hire, Wedding Belles Of Otley, White Petal Design, John Hope Photography, Jill Ryder, Heirloom Flowers & Balloons, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, HobbyCraft, Butter Cup Boutique, Top Mark Suit Hire, Swing Thing Duo, Photobooths 4 U, Cake! and more…

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Nostell Priory by Bluelights Photography

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Yorkshire’s most fabulous brides have been quick off the mark, but if you haven’t already, pre-register online NOW.  Beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with treats from Brides Up North and lots of fabulous sponsors like House of Fraser, Molton & Brown, Debenhams and the regions’ best bridal glossy mags – while stocks last only.

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Fill in your details below, marking “NOSTELL PRIORY” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Can’t make it to Nostell Priory? Click here to view our amazing range of luxury bridal exhibitions this Spring, and save the dates!

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"The Brides Up North Wedding Exhibition was a fantastic day, it was the most professional, well organised event that we have ever attended. Thank you for making the day so seamless."  Caroline & Vanessa, Exhibitors, Amelia Elliot Bridal

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"What a great event. One of the best! Well done for organising it so well, it was a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful event."  Trevor, Exhibitor, Patisserie Viennoise

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"Well done for Sunday. In my opinion, you are pioneering the way in which bridal events should be run. The Wedding Exhibition was so well organised." Helen, Exhibitor, The Wedding Concierge

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NEW EXHIBITORS – we are about to close sales for this season. To be a part of the magic and for exhibitor and pricing details for all events please email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © Peter Boyd Photography, Bluelights Photography, Brides Up North & supplied by Dine Services

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: New York, North Yorks! A Real Wedding At Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Antony & Kristy

December 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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If you are in any doubt about why you should visit one of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fairs at Allerton Castle in 2013, then Kristy and Antony’s beautiful Real Wedding by one of our exhibitors, Chris Chambers Photography should make your mind up for you.  Like the venue itself, their big day was simply stunning. 

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Kristy says:  Antony proposed on New Years Day 2011 at the top of the Rockefeller Centre in New York with a jelly sweet ring and we were married on 30th June 2012 at Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire. 

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We were blown away with the grand presence of the building both inside and out. The moment we saw the grand hall and stunning staircase we knew this was our perfect venue. It actually brought tears to our eyes and we were overwhelmed.  It was an important factor to consider the weather may not be perfect and we knew Allerton Castle could accommodate all weathers.

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We based our theme around New York and the colour was based on a Tiffanys box where my engagement ring came from. We made a conscious effort to bring New York into our day without being NYC over the top.

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Antony was surprised by the NYC Yellow Cab from Hi-Life. He and his groomsmen travelled in style whilst the girls and I got ready at Allerton Castle, with hair and make-up by Debonnesse. 

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My dress was bespoke; I had very clear ideas of how I wanted the dress to look. Suzanne Neville designed and created my dream dress.

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The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in Spa, with matching shoes. The flower girl and page boy wore ivory to compliment my wedding dress.

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The groomsmen wore light grey suits from Next with spa ties and handkerchiefs.

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Antony choose to have a bespoke suit made in total contrast to the groomsmen’s suits. This was made my Michelsberg Tailors.

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Seeing my father’s reaction when he saw me in my dress for the first time was a memory I will cherish forever. Chris captured this moment perfectly and it brings a tear not only to my eyes but to everyone that sees it.

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Antony in particular loves the moment he turned to see me coming down the stairs.

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I carried a bouquet of Picasso calla lilies with a matching button hole for Antony.  The bridesmaids wore wrist corsages of roses and the other buttonholes were roses too.  We choose the Picasso calla for our candelabras and service flowers and the deep purple complimented the Tiffany blue perfectly.  All our flowers were by Firenza Floral Design

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I chose to wear my grandmother’s wedding ring as my wedding ring. Sadly my grandmother passed away some years ago. The ring was dipped in platinum to match my engagement ring.

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We chose Jelly Rings as favours – to symbolise the Jelly Ring Proposal!  Cande Cakes made our wedding cake. 

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The wedding breakfast room looked beautiful, with chair covers by Ambience Venue Styling.  Our caterers, hosts and wedding coordinators for the day were Dine Services

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My father’s speech was both genius and filled with a rollercoaster of emotions it was absolutely brilliant and made us both extremely proud and overwhelmed.

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The Event Music Company played during our service and reception.

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Our Strictly Come Dancing first dance including personalised voiceover from Alan Dedicoat (The voice of Strictly Come Dancing)!  Then we organised a DJ from Exclusive Entertainments and fireworks as a surprise to our guests.

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We had a mini moon to Sorrento, Italy to relax and reflect our magical day.  Our honeymoon is to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax on the day, enjoy every second of it together and take in as much as possible.  Do not get stressed, if things go wrong laugh about it. Remember the reason you are there it’s about two people who love each other and want to get married sharing their day with friends and family. Nobody is bothered if things go wrong after all we are all human!

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Nothing can spoil your day not even the bad British weather. The crazy weather we experienced was actually a plus and delivered the most amazing photos we could never have dreamt of by our brilliant photographer Chris Chambers Photography.

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Congratulations Kristy & Antony!

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BREAKING NEWS: New Dates & Venues For Brides Up North Spring 2013 Luxury Wedding Exhibitions Announced!

December 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The images in this post are a cheeky peek – without giving much away! – at the amazing professional images by Joe Dodsworth Photography (dresses supplied by Curvy Bridal) from our photo shoot at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire, yesterday in advance of the Brides Up North Christmas Party being held there tonight.

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You’ve probably guessed it already, given that I can’t stop talking about how gorgeous this venue is, but I am thrilled to be able to announce this afternoon that we are partnering with CWC Malings in the early summer of 2013 to open up this new wedding venue to the public and bring you a special marquee Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, with exclusive access to both this beautiful stately home and it’s utterly beautiful grounds.  The date is set, so mark in in your diaries – Sunday 12th May 2013 – this is one not to miss.

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And that’s not all! We do work hard here behind the scenes at Brides Up North you know!

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North west brides, I have been promising an event your way for a while now and the time has finally come to announce our first Brides Up North event collaboration in the North West.  Hurrah!  I am over the moon to be working with the authentically vintage and fabulously stylish space that is The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham to bring you your first ever Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms on Sunday 19th May 2013.  Another one to mark down now – VIP Bride to Be registration will be open for both events very shortly!

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So, the Brides Up North event calendar for Spring 2013 currently looks like this (er, wow!), with luxury bridal events with carefully selected partners at their stunning venues a-plenty.  We are super excited to get this New Year started, and can’t wait to welcome you to one or more of our shows.  You know that I won’t let you forget any of these dates, but I wanted to share the news here first!

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Watch out for VIP Bride to Be registration for your preferred event opening very shortly!

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle, Knaresborough – Sunday 17th February 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – 40 of the region’s very finest suppliers in this stunning North Yorkshire castle setting, rarely open for public viewing.  This venue is magical and has to be seen to be believed.

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NORTH EAST: Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield – Sunday 24th February 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – A huge show with 80+ of the North East’s best bridal exhibitors at this 4* country house venue – the setting for my own wedding, actually, with huge banqueting spaces and beautiful parkland.  Throw in two professional fashion shows and this will be a day jam packed with wedding inspiration

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 3rd March 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - One for the fashionistas, this chic private wedding venue on the edge of Roundhay Park will host the most beautiful celebrations and will be full of the area’s best suppliers for one day only.

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NORTH EAST: Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 17th March 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The big one!  Our biggest event in the calendar sees over 100 of the North East’s most fabulous suppliers all under one roof, plus two professional fashion shows.  Don’t miss it!  Seriously. 

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 7th April 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - This stunning stately home and newly renovated event space is one not to miss from your venue hunt.  Browse the National Trust gardens and parkland before stopping by to meet over 35 of the area’s top wedding suppliers.

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum, York – Sunday 21st April 2013 (10am- 5pm, Free Entry) - A huge and premium brand new show at a VERY exciting new venue!  Join over 60 of Yorkshire’s absolute finest exhibitors at Brides Up North’s first ever luxury and vintage event in the heart of York.  The beautiful vintage trains will keep the boys happy too…

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NORTH YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire– Sunday 12th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The one everyone is dying to see, this newly-open-to-the-public venue throws open it’s doors with it’s first ever bridal event this Summer.  Bring a picnic, you won’t want to leave!

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NORTH WEST: Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The North West’s most fabulous will be joining us for a day of inspiration at this beautiful, authentic space.  Our first show in the North West, and one most definitely for the diary. 

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Exhibitors – some of of events are already sold out and the rest are filling quickly.  For event information and booking details please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP to avoid disappointment.

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  – Images © 2012 Joe Dodsworth Photography

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State Of Grace: A Real Wedding At Nostell Priory – Sally & Lee

November 9th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s Real Wedding is a special one for me, because it took place at one of the beautiful venues where I am privileged to host my Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in Yorkshire along with Dine Services:  the stunning and stately Nostell Priory near Wakefield. 

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I always like to see my venues in use for weddings, packed to the rafters with family, friends and happiness, and Sally and Lee’s beautiful day – with images by Bluelights Photography – doesn’t disappoint.

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If you would like to see this gorgeous venue for yourselves, just get in touch with the fabulous team at Dine (ask for Danielle) or come along to the next Brides Up North event in the Spring on Sunday 7th April 2013.  It seems a long way off, but get it in the diary now!

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Sally says: We got engaged on Valentines weekend 2010. Lee had planned a romantic meal at home, we had a lovely evening, but Lee lost his nerve. When he finally got up the courage to do it the next day, he came downstairs with the ring in his hand and found me arms deep cleaning the fish tank out. Not quite the romantic gesture he had planned but how could I say no after that!

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We were married on Saturday 1st September 2012 at Nostell Priory near Wakefield.  It was one of the first venues we saw, and fell in love with. After that other venues didn’t compare. We especially liked the house and balcony for the civil service and the private rose garden and stables for our reception. The added bonus of the renovation the year before we got married and the use of the orangery for the drinks reception really made it our ideal venue. We also loved the fact that we would be the only wedding party there on the day.  Both Dine and Heritage Trust met all our needs which only confirmed we had made the right decision.

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We didn’t really set out with a theme; however due the English Heritage setting we tended to make more decisions in keeping with this.  For example we choose a piano player, Catherine Rannus, for the service, as the piano in the top hall at Nostell Priory was beautiful. We added our own touch by selecting piano music that was special to us instead of the traditional music like The Wedding March.

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The cars were from Laura’s Vintage Limousines. I arrived in a 1926 Vintage Austin Mayfair and for the bridesmaids a Daimler (semi open top) Limousine. Going down the Drive of Nostell Priory was just as I had dreamed my wedding entrance would be. We left the grooms transport to the best man, and he got quite a few laughs turning up in an orange Robin Reliant with a personal touch of ribbons in his football teams colours

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My dress was a Justin Alexander design from Georgian House in Doncaster.  It was a modified Sweetheart ball-gown, done in silk dupion and featured an A-line silhouette with a strapless sweetheart neck. One side of the bust was accented by beaded details. From the other side of the bust an asymmetrical draped bodice was embellished with 3-D lace appliqués and at the back of the dress buttons added extra support to the style. An elegant chapel train ended in a bubble hem.  I knew straight away it was the one.  I also used Georgian house for my veil, and bought my Tiara from The Lanes at Meadowhall.

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I had a hand tied bouquet featuring ivory carnations and avalanche roses, with large pearl detail, and smaller teal pearls.  To incorporate something old, I asked for it to be finished in ivory voile and one of my late nan’s silk handkerchiefs with pearl pins.  My adult bridesmaids all had a smaller version of my bouquet, and my two younger bridesmaids both had an avalanche rose inside a silver wire with teal and pearl detail.

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I asked my brother to do a reading at the ceremony and he found a lovely piece called The Wedding which brought a bit of light humour to the service.

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My bridesmaids all got their dresses from Georgian house, who gave us a discount for the full order.

The three adult bridesmaids each choose Alfred Angelo satin full length dresses in teal. They each choose slightly different styles of the same dress, halter neck, strapless and off the shoulder, which I really liked as it reflected their individuality.  My two younger bridesmaids had matching Ivory Alfred Angelo dresses, which had teal trim to match the adult dresses.  The groomsmen hired slate grey Prince Edwards style suits from Greenwoods in Barnsley. This was matched with ivory waistcoats and cravats.

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Our photographer was Adele from Blue Lights Photography. We initially chose Adele for her great photos, and down to earth personality, but we were really pleased when we realised we got a lot more than just a photographer. Adele actually recommended some of my suppliers, and did everything on the day from taking the photos, to lacing up the bridesmaid dresses, to keeping the groomsmen in order.

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On the tables we choose martini glasses, filled with teal crystal gel, with a domed arrangement of all ivory carnations and loops of china grass.  All the flowers were from Monica J Hewitt of Sheffield who I chose as they really listened to what I wanted. My favourite flowers have always been carnations, and unlike other suppliers I looked at, they didn’t try and dissuade me, but helped me to incorporate them into the designs I liked.

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For the wedding favours, we wanted named tables, so we choose traditional sweets, such as Strawberries & Creams and Sherbet Lemons. Each table was named after a different sweet. The favours were spice jars filled with the sweets, decorated with a cloth cap, and a teal ribbon round the jar which had our names on and the date of our wedding.  These were a real “crowd pleaser” as following the wedding breakfast our guests were trying to swap each other for the sweets they wanted. It really got everyone interacting, and some serious bargaining went on.

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Our Cake was from Angels and Butterflies in Mexbourgh, near Rotherham. It was Chocolate tiered ruffle cake, which had roses and cherubs sitting in the folds of chocolate, and a scroll with our names on it.

The cake had three different flavoured sponges over seven layers.  As a self confessed chocoholic, it was amazing.

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In the evening, we choose a DJ that Dine had recommended, and they did a great job. I provided a selection of songs to give them an idea of our music tastes, but they also came with a wide selection and were happy to take requests all night.

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We both agree that the full day exceeded all our expectations, the venue was amazing, Danielle at Dine and her team did a fantastic job setting up and making sure everything ran smoothly, and The Heritage Trust were so welcoming to us and our guests.

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If we had to pick any particular moments the ones that stand out for Lee would be me walking towards him down the aisle, for me it would the drive into Nostell Priory, and then following the ceremony walking out of the service hand in hand with Lee, seeing all our friends and family, and then walking out onto the balcony and the view in front of us.

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We went to Las Vegas for our honeymoon, and it was out of this world. We did a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon and a cattle ranch while we were there which was breath taking.  As well as turning our hand to the slot machines (we had to try some mild gambling while we were there) there was just so much to see and do. The hotel resorts are superb, and the shows are fantastic. It is a 24×7 place though and we were in need of a holiday when we got back, but would definitely recommend it, and will return again one day.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that planning a wedding can get stressful, and we worried about pleasing everyone, but at the end of the day, we did what we wanted and on the day everyone said what an enjoyable time they had.

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HEARTCongratulations Sally & Lee! HEART

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If you would like to see your own Real Wedding featured here, just get in touch!

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  – Images © 2012 Bluelights Photography

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Drumroll, please…

October 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibition Dates for 2013

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Brides to be, some dates for your diaries if I may!

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After just closing a super successful and inspirational Autumn season of Brides Up North events (we do do ‘em best, even if I do say so myself), I can’t believe that we are already looking ahead to 2013 here at Brides Up North HQ.  My inbox is already absolutely awash with enquiries from the regions’ best wedding suppliers, reserving their places at what look set to be an absolutely smashing series of Brides Up North shows in the New Year -  I think I might be up until the early hours this evening!  I can’t wait to get planning, and to see you – my lovely readers – at one or more of our events.  Do say hello if you see me!

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You know I’ll be reminding you about each and every one of these fabulous dates nearer the time, so for now, just mark ‘em in that calendar, and get on with browsing the rest of the pretty I have coming up for you on these pages.  There’s a lot of it…

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If you are a wedding supplier reader (*waves hello!*) you can find out more or request a booking form by email me julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk – we are working through your enquiries as fast as we possibly can.  The sooner the better to register your interest, we work on a first come, first served basis and strictly limit our suppliers by category.  Watch out for a few more dates and venues being announced soon too!  I can’t wait to add some new regional talents to add to our amazing supplier database in 2013.

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Behind The Blog: The Life & Times Of A Wedding Blogger – Autumn 2012

October 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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1  Have you been bitten by The Wedding Bug?

2  There’s more!

3  A record attendance at our beautiful Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

4  And the sun was shining on us too!

5  Say hello to my little friend!

6  Rainbow cranes for a village hall celebration

7, 8, 9, 10  Practising my camera skills at the Caroline Castigliano event at Lace Bridal (stunning)

11  My beautiful gown by Phil Woodhead for The North Of England Wedding Awards

12  Relaxing at the end of a surprisingly hard day shooting on location in Cyprus for Thomson Weddings

13  Primping and preening before taking to the stage

14  My office is a Yo Sushi between exciting meetings in Manchester City Centre

15  They are multiplying!

16, 17  Stunning displays and busy shows at The Mansion and Rise Hall

18  Allerton Castle or Downton Abbey?

19  Another column in Wedding Magazine

20, 21 Little surprises for my brides and goody bag chaos at Brides Up North HQ

22, 23, 24 Stunningly dressed venues at Rise Hall, Allerton Castle and Nostell Priory for our shows

25  Ready to enter the spotlight at The North Of England Wedding Awards

26  And a pretty table to relax at afterwards!

27  More goody bag mayhem ahead of our massive Super Showcase event

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It’s been a while since we delved behind the scenes here at , so I thought that a catch up post was well overdue.  There have been quite a few ‘developments’ here at Brides Up North HQ over the past few months… not least a sell out season of super successful Brides Up North wedding exhibitions, becoming the host of the inaugural North of England Wedding Awards, adding new talent to the team in the form of a brand new regular guest blogger and a full time member of support staff (hello Kate!), more fabulous Featured Suppliers joining the Northern Revolution and swelling our ranks, many meetings about brand new Brides Up North projects in 2013 and some very exciting new venues for some huge wedding shows next year.  All whilst maintaining and (I think) improving upon our daily schedule of twice a day wedding inspiration, features and a real variety of stunning Real Weddings.  Oh, and a growing baby bump

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It’s been one helluva ride!

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As you do, I tend to take pictures of the *fun stuff* rather than the hours days spent hunched over VAT returns, contracts and spread sheets, but that’s what a wedding blog is all about isn’t it?  The fun stuff… and as it would appear, the use of a great under eye concealer to mask all those very late nights and almost as early mornings that go into making a growing business a success. 

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I’m also pleased to report that whilst all this has been going on, our exhibition attendances and blog hits have been reaching new record highs (that’s what it’s all about after all!) and that Brides Up North is happily sitting right up there at the very top of the charts with the other top wedding blog names for Great Britain popularity rankings on Alexa.com. The Northern Revolution is in full swing!

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When I look back at how much fun it’s been, how much this brand has achieved and where I hope I can take it in 2013, it’s all worth it!  Some exciting times are coming up…

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I hope you enjoy this peek into my World!

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IT’S THIS WEEKEND! – The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive At Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall!

October 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I can’t believe that it’s time for our very last Brides Up North bridal event of the Autumn 2012.  The last two months have absolutely flown by in a whirlwind of wedding cake samples, letterpress stationery and layer upon layer of lace and tulle!  It’s been pretty and my goodness, has it been busy!

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There’s only one date left in our diaries now (until next season of course!) and if you haven’t (or even if you have) already paid a visit to one of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions – we really do think that we put on the best days in the business - then we would love to see you there! 

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This one is pretty special too… being the subject of a very special renovation project that you may just have heard of! 

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Sunday 21st October 2012 – THIS WEEKEND!

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

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Your exclusive invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at East Yorkshire’s most desirable and newly refurbished wedding venue: Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall. A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise. With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too, only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine.

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “Rise Hall” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Wedding Exclusives.

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Were YOU Caught On Camera At The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive At Allerton Castle?

October 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Phew! It’s been such a fantastic season of record attendance events both in the North East and Yorkshire this Autumn.  And how do I repay you for your unwavering support and loyalty? Well, as well as some really rather fabulous VIP goody bags and the best venues packed to the rafters with the region’s absolute best suppliers…

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…by splashing your pretty faces all over the pages of this here wedding blog, that’s how!

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The tenth and final Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition of 2012 will take place THIS SUNDAY 21st October at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall – from 12pm – 4pm – FREE ENTRY.  Click here for more information and to pre-register for your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag and speedy entry while stocks last.  See you there!

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Friday Fabulous!

October 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Leafy Couture from Russell Jeanes of Artisan Films on Vimeo.

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My friend and colleague Sarah of Leafy Couture sent me this beautiful little film of floral inspiration, and it was too beautiful not to share. 

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Grab your Friday morning cuppa and prepare to be very inspired!

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Leafy Couture will see all you lovely brides to be at the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion this Sunday 7th October 2012, 12pm – 4pm, free entry.  Have you pre-registered for your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag yet? Click here.

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Light & Love! A Real Wedding At The Mansion, Leeds – Amy & Simon

October 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon’s Real Wedding, sent to me by Chris Chambers Photography and real bride Amy is a special one.  And not just because the bride looked bloomin’ gorgeous (she did).

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The setting for today’s feature is the venue for our Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion – a Luxury Wedding Exhibition this Sunday 7th October from 12pm – 4pm with free entry for visiting brides and their guests.  As you can see from Amy’s gorgeous day, this private and boutique wedding venue is one for the fashionistas, and we have over 100 of Leeds’ chicest brides to be already pre-registered for the event.

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If you would like to join them, click here to pre-register for speedy entry and your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag, jam packed with discounts and treats, or read to the end of this post for more information. This is the only event to visit this Sunday in Yorkshire!

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Amy says:  We got engaged in July 2010, in the Roman Arena in Verona.  We were just about to watch Madame Butterfly when Simon popped the question.

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We were married on 3rd August 2012 at The Mansion, Leeds.  The venue was absolutely beautiful, we loved that it had simple yet grand décor so we had a neutral canvas. Oh, and also the amazing chandelier! Gorgeous food. Fantastic staff… including James our wedding planner from Dine Services – he was brilliant. I could go on!

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To an extent the wedding was Italy themed… table names being the Italian cities we visited the summer we got engaged. The favours also contained a mini Disaronno for each guest, and Bacci chocolate (with a love note in each).  I chose cornflower blue as an accent colour. 

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I chose a Grecian style Maggie Sottero dress called ‘Caprice’ it had Swarovski crystals and pearls all down the back. I got it from Hayley at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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We had The Versonic play at our night do- we are friends with the lead singer, and think the band is ace, they play a mix of old and new songs and get everyone dancing and singing along.  My 11 year old cousin surprised us by singing too.

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We chose a three  tier square cake with sugar paste blue hydrangeas on it, fruitcake and sponge.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get bridesmaid dresses made…buy them, it will save months of stress! And give your parents jobs to do, they love it! Simon’s mum and her partner made all our favour bags up, it was such a help.

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Sunday 7th October 2012

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Your exclusive invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at Leeds’ most desirable wedding venue: The Mansion. A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise. With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too, only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine.

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “The Mansion” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Wedding Exclusives.

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